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kaname and ending fighting with armed groups in the one nine hundred ninety s. which killed tens of thousands but he's now eighty two and his health has been poor especially since suffering a stroke six years ago his critics say he's become little more than a front man for business and military figures who his opponents say really run the country i. fall and while prices badly hit algeria's economy jobs particularly for young people are scarce after four terms of a beautifully for presidency some young algerians taking their protests on why you want to be free. we need to be free and you will be just one income i've known in my life one president. i want change immediate change it's a tough stance listen to you. to try to calm demonstrations both of flicka says he won't seek a fifth time next month's presidential election has been cancelled but no you
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didn't has been set former interior minister not a dean but we has been appointed as the new prime minister and plans to head a technocrat government should. the mix we have seen all parts of algerian society i assure you wants to get in we are already determined our desire is strong and our doors are open to discuss and exchange visions of the good it's like a government says it will keep the protesters demands but demonstrators say that we is a beautiful. and the political system has been manipulated to allow the president and his backers to stay in power one step forward would be to reveal now who is. one of the persons who have been removed from his into arised i mean this is brother still running the show. are the security people still running the show or the new prime minister really a person who has authority. the protesters fear the government is saying it
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will listen but nothing will change you know jeery. not matheson. now the u.s. secretary of state as warning they'll impose sanctions on anyone who attempts to sue the country or its citizens at the international criminal courts in november twenty seventh see in a request was made by the i.c.c. prosecutor to investigate alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in of gonna stop on since two thousand and three judges are still reviewing it one hundred and twenty three nations are members of the i.c.c. but major powers including the u.s. are not. we are determined to protect the american and allied military and civilian personnel from living in fear of unjust prosecution for actions taken to defend our great nation i'm announcing a policy of u.s. visa restrictions on those individuals directly responsible for any i.c.c. investigation of u.s.
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personnel this includes persons who take or have taken action to request or further such an investigation these vsa restrictions may also be used to deter i.c.c. efforts to pursuit allied personnel including israelis without allies consent implementation of this policy has already begun let's make to elizabeth even since she's the socio director of the international justice program at human rights watch she's joining us from washington thanks for speaking to us your initial reaction to the statement by secretary pompei o. this is really an outrageous attempt to go after i.c.c. investigators just for doing their job trying to bring justice for serious international crimes this is what the i.c.c. was set up by the international community to do and while the i.c.c. is not perfect at a time when we see abuses all around the world in syria and in me in mar any effort
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to actually undermine the i.c.c. rather than to give it more support and to work to make it more effective could actually put could actually put civilians at more risk the trumpet ministration is trying to bully the i.c.c. away from this investigation in afghanistan and we hope that i.c.c. member countries around the world will make it clear that they won't stand for that the secretary of state says seems to say that the american courts are capable of handling any sort of allegations against u.s. forces and this is simply infringing on u.s. solvency the i.c.c. is. there's actually nothing unusual here about the court's authority afghanistan is an i.c.c. member country and that means that it can delegate authority to the court to investigate crimes that have taken place on its territory now it is really important that the i.c.c. is only a court of last resort it can't step in if national authorities investigate and prosecute cases but what's happened here is that the u.s.
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has actually failed to deal adequately with past torture and other abuses against detainees in custody and that's what's opened the window for the i.c.c. to step in if the u.s. had dealt with those abuses there would be no i.c.c. jurisdiction here it's important to say about the i.c.c. hasn't yet opened an investigation in afghanistan if it did it would probably in compass crimes by the taliban crimes by afghan national forces not only looking at u.s. conduct but it would only step in again if national authorities have not dealt with those crimes and that's unfortunately the case these crimes have gone on in afghanistan with with utter impunity and the i.c.c. really could be the only path for victims to justice what do you think the response will be by the i.c.c. is this going to deter the court from from going ahead and investigating allegations of abuse in afghanistan by u.s. personnel. i doubt that this will deter the i.c.c.
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one bit from taking an independent decision based on the law the i.c.c. prosecutor's request to investigate is still pending before a chamber of court judges it's up to them to decide what the next steps are today's announcement was already foreshadowed back in september by u.s. national security adviser john bolton and we are really looking to i.c.c. states parties the court really relies on states parties for support for funding for assistance investigation we want them to make clear that they are unwavering in their determination for justice that they will stand behind the court they will stand behind its independence and they will allow this court to go forward in spite of what is such a make it attempt by the u.s. administration to bully it away from its independent mandate but the u.s. is also saying and this is something that pump aoe said that these visa restrictions will not be the end off our efforts and the u.s. will be prepared to take additional steps what do you think those might be.
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well in a speech in september here in washington d.c. the u.s. national security advisor john bolton laid out a whole menu of threats and travel restrictions on icy stuff stuff were just one of those options he also as incredible as it may seem even threaten to prosecute i.c.c. stuff for doing their job threatened sanctions against i.c.c. member countries for assisting and investigations of of u.s. citizens so i think that that is what i can only assume that's what the secretary of state was referring to and that's all that's what makes it all the more important for i.c.c. countries around the globe and other supporters of the court to come forward and say they back this court it should not be deterred this may not be the last step by the u.s. to create a confrontation with the court but really the trumpet ministration is on the wrong side of history here this is a court to ensure that no one is above the law there is nothing illegitimate about
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that and there needs to be a really responding call from the international community to back the court up on this one elizabeth even some we thank you for joining us from washington now afghan special forces have been deployed to save up to seven hundred security personnel under siege by the taliban in western this province that's on the border between afghanistan and turkmenistan fifteen checkpoints were overrun by the taliban on friday morning afghan police and soldiers retreated to a district headquarters where local officials say a to seven hundred are now surrounded the afghan ministry of defense has called in air strikes to support ground troops the battle is in its tenth day and thirty soldiers have been killed and up to forty taken hostage. some iso fighters are still putting up fierce resistance against u.s. backed rebels in their last shred of territory in eastern syria the syrian democratic forces say three fighters emerge in the village above who's on friday acting as though they were a surrendering before setting off suicide bombs six people were killed yes the f
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says that attack highlights how difficult it's been to wrap up their offensive on the war now in its ninth year may be winding down but it's certainly not over eight years into the conflict and millions of people feel they have no place in syria zana reports from beirut in neighboring lebanon. eighty years of human suffering. syrians continue to bury their children. sixteen year old muhammad and his fourteen year old sister were killed in government artillery strikes. we buried them in a mass grave i didn't see them because it would be unbearable they were burned no flesh no bones. there is an active frontline between the government and opposition in the southern
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countryside of rebel controlled where a ceasefire should be in place. was instead almost two hundred civilians have been killed since the beginning of the year. thousands have been forced to flee in recent weeks adding to the millions already displaced many of them displaced multiple times. the bombardment forced us to leave our home in the northern countryside of homes we escape to aleppo and to homes. where we have to move from the front lines and there is nowhere safe but. there is little peace even in government controlled territories where rights groups report arbitrary arrests and a return to repressive rule so-called reconciliation agreements in four opposition held areas are not being respected. the
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most recent cases we documented were six civil defense volunteers which time for no reason there are many other cases where people are afraid to provide information because they fear the intelligence services. the absence of the rule of law and accountable security agencies or some of the reasons why syrians were belled in two thousand and eleven the regime refused reforms back then and chose to crackdown pushing the opposition to take up arms. the syrian president is still refusing demands for change the international community wants bashar assad to engage in a credible political process that would lead to a new constitution and free elections but political reform would mean giving up power and the syrian leadership is unlikely to hand over what it didn't lose on the battlefield. cut. out for the war has been won some countries have already started to normalize ties with his government but much
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of the international community won't accept it until political reforms are in place . and there remains the problem in the north of the country much of which is not controlled by the government and is being fought over by the many interested parties and the millions who live there can't and won't return to syria for them the war is far from over seven hundred beirut still ahead on the toxic chemicals dumped in a malaysian river leave villagers sick and injured schoolchildren and students they don't worldwide walk out demanding action on climate change. and we'll have more on the killings of the new zealand mosques bangladesh's cricket team are safe despite being near the scene of the attack.
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have that amazing winter storm explosive such a genesis this thing here they went across many states the u.s. was told it is the south and snow in the fourth visit to the north has swept through its legacy is a little snow on the ground it's not as cold as it was though in the picture of saturday there are cloudy going to take most of the snow out of the evening from correct so look at this sunshine for many attempts or five in chicago even in winnipeg where the sat for so long it's minus three which isn't bad it's all the still clouds and fog of california washington be on the border or bring a bit of rain in but not much for the southeast not on saturday and sunday are the the cloud maybe for the first time though since i think twenty eleven all of california is free of trent that you can see it's a fed picture the sun as was your motto. only in toronto or new york but the sun is above sunny cloudy down the tropics in florida. are
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a few showers around but again not very many has been the dry time in the caribbean the small islands particularly stays that way but the shall seem to be rather more developed over colombia i mean across the border to panama and costa rica and increasingly it seems like to be some pretty big shots in mexico. be japes for democratically elected president states and held incommunicado since two thousand and thirteen events shrouded in secrecy so power change hands as the military seize control from its commander in chief. for the first time al-jazeera reveals exclusively what happened behind closed doors directly from those who witnessed it first hand morsi the final hours. on al-jazeera isn't the problem for your candidate that you may not have a health question mark over him but he does have a corruption question mark over really doesn't look good for the image village i
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think they're not going to do any we're not knowing about it what are you saying we really do get why there's a lot of disillusionment with the u.n. across the globe his father is called for and then breaks doesn't build confidence a great spoke to join me mad the hot sun on our front of my guests from around the world take the hot seat and we debate the week's top stories and take issues here on al-jazeera. the top stories on the al-jazeera news hour the gunman arrested after new zealand's mosque attacks has appeared in court charged with murder twenty eight year old brandon terrell didn't enter a. forty nine people died in shootings of two mosques in the city of christchurch
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on friday and it's emerged the suspect had legally obtained five guns including automatic weapons a minister our journey is promising to introduce tougher firearms laws hundreds of thousands of algerians have been back on the streets demanding president. resignation weeks of mass protests have already forced the ailing president to drop his bid for a fifth term. well worshipers at the christ church mosque attacked on friday were from several muslim majority countries and the attack is drawn widespread criticism across the globe in turkey thousands took to the streets to protest against the killings president reza player linked the attacks to what he called the rise of islam a phobia worldwide he urged western countries to take action and the shooter's manifesto published online before the attacks praised u.s. president donald trump as a symbol of for a new dwight's identity he was asked about this earlier i think it's
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a small group of people that have very very serious problems i guess if you look at what happened in new zealand perhaps that's a case i don't know enough about it yet they're just learning about the person and the people and. but it's certainly a terrible thing terrible thing. is the national executive director of the council on american islamic relations he's criticized the president for not outwardly condemning what he says is clearly a white supremacist hate crime. the killer of this. tragedy in new zealand has cited referenced time and mr trump should reflect on this very few people around the world admired him and now the ones who admired him are the ones who see fear of the other and he has a role to play in fixing this problem he is not the only one who's responsible for this but being the president of the united states has
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a lot of responsibility to reflect on well weekly protests along the gaza israel border fence have been postponed hours after israeli airstrikes hit the besieged strip it's the first time since the weekly demonstrations began last march of they are not going ahead the israeli military says around one hundred have targets were struck early on friday earlier two rockets were fired on the city of tel aviv in israel the group hamas. insists it was not behind the rocket fire harry fossett has the latest. well through the course of friday it's become pretty clear that both sides are looking for a way out of a further escalation to the situation that began with these two rockets being fired a very unusually from gaza towards tel aviv the first time since twenty fourteen that that has happened and then the substantial retaliatory strike coming from the israeli military a hundred how muscling targets struck around the gaza strip but both sides have
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sent signals that they're looking for a way out how mass has called off for the first time in nearly a year the great march of return protests which are taking place every friday by the fence inside gaza territory the separation fence between israel and gaza and that seems to be some kind of a signal towards the israelis that they want to see this deescalate at the same time is that there have been other protests going on inside gaza with people protesting against price rises against tax rises by hamas some clashes between supporters of hamas and those protesters further arrests a similar protest that we saw on thursday from the israeli perspective they initially in the small hours of this morning blamed hamas the carrying out the initial launch now they're saying that perhaps it was some kind of a mistake whether that be a technical mistake or to do with low level hamas members firing off rockets
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without the official sanction of the senior leadership so both sides sending signals to the other that there is potentially a way out of this hamas and islamic jihad about saying that they are observing the terms of the previously brokered egyptian cease fire israel does not publicly comment on that situation certainly there is also a very sensitive political situation on the israeli side where in the midst of the election campaign heading towards the polls on the ninth of april benjamin netanyahu the prime minister had to do something to show forcefulness to his to his opponents to make sure that they could not criticize him for being too soft. hamas as they have in the past his main challenger benny gantz not far from here near the gaza border saying that israel needed to do more to show to terrence to be more forceful and that he could not allow hamas to set the agenda or they didn't publicly go as far as calling for a heavier retaliatory strike and at the same time netanyahu aware that if he had gone too far it could have led towards a full escalation towards
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a wider war and most analysts agree that he doesn't want that just a few weeks out from that election boeing says a software upgrade for the seven three seven max will be rolled out within weeks it says the timeline has not changed despite the grounding of boeing max planes worldwide a tail part found in the wreckage of the crash think european airlines seven three seven max eight last week showed similarities with a crash five months ago in indonesia if you open airlines flight was carrying one hundred fifty seven passengers and crew all were killed nigeria's government has started knocking down buildings in the commercial capital lagos it comes days after a building collapse killed more than a dozen schoolchildren officials say they're trying to save lives but angry residents say they're being unfairly targeted address reports. brick by brick. workers start dismantling old buildings in central lagos dozens marked for
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demolition the narrow alleys and heavy machines can't get access so the work is carried out manually. the government says the buildings i dangerous have done the bullet tests on about it just talk just. that you've been. down this talk to about. forty years old sometimes with psychopaths all of course because of the dead weight of the produce that mubarak up assets in mind not be able to sustain dysfunction and they must come back. and say they won't give it enough notice they accuse officials of using them to set an example after the recent tragedy where more than a dozen schoolchildren right killed with their school building collapsed.
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many residents it's too late to salvage anything. government officials say many buildings on this narrow streets are in dangerous condition which is why they are being pulled down but critics say official corruption is a reason why such been allowed to be built in the first place shoddy construction work is blamed for killing nearly two hundred people here in lagos state alone the past six years. the city is growing fast there is an insatiable demand for homes and businesses experts want the government to enforce building regulations specific yes it will be linked primarily to. misuse of structural. extensions of buildings. full to. construction.
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materials fifty went to so that quite a lot of it's a complex thing the number of. developments we've. professionals without proper fish no advice on involvement so that's primary experts are warning that unless the force meant to building coaches stepped up and unsafe buildings are pulled down quickly more lives could be lost sooner rather than later. i would use either lake ross tropical cyclone its eye has made landfall in mozambique bringing wind speeds of up to two hundred twenty five kilometers per hour over five hundred thousand people in the city and the coastal city of bear are without power after cables were downed one of the one hundred twenty people have been killed in mozambique malawi and south africa as heavy rains hit the region over the past week north korea is considering suspending talks with
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the u.s. and restarting missile and nuclear tests the vice foreign minister says pyongyang has no intention of figuring to washington's demands for denuclearization he's blaming the u.s. secretary of state and national security adviser for the breakdown of last month's summit in hanoi between donald trump and leader kim jong. il donald trump has issued the first veto of his presidency it's a block a measure passed by the senate canceling his mexico border emergency he had to clear the emergency to release funds for his long promised border wall congress is unlikely to muster the two thirds majority it will need to over rights trump veto to defend the safety and security of all americans i will be signing and issuing a formal veto of his reckless resignation and that's what it was. chemicals dumped into a river in southern. thousands of villagers to seek hospital treatments three
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arrests have been made as police investigate the pollution linked to recycling roberts hires more than one hundred schools have been closed florence the reports in the state of. north. is worried about his youngest sister she was admitted to a hospital intensive care unit when she complained of difficulty. appointed. hospital. they came here took some samples and then left they didn't seem interested in helping those. it's been a week since it was discovered that between twenty and forty tons of chemical waste had been dumped into the river near their homes standing right next to the kim river which is where the toxic chemicals were dumped people here. at night it's an acrid smell that smells like plastic being burnt and even just standing here for a few minutes we get. this stadium has been turned into
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a twenty four hour. medical center at least three and a half thousand people medical attention for the fumes in the past week. many of the patients complain of suffering from. shivering and some say. the government initially considered declaring a state of emergency in the area but now that the situation is under control. the cleanup operations of the river have begun with the government appointing contractors to help.

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